RATIONALE: Follicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma (fNHL) is a neoplasm characterized by an indolent course and chemosensitivity, but also by disease recurrence. Bendamustine is often used as frontline treatment or second line. HEADING DIAGNOSIS:: fNHL. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 63-year-old Caucasian male with diagnosis of fNHL lymphoma underwent to cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone associated with rituximab chemoimmunotherapy, during which interim reevaluation showed progressive disease and severe toxicity. INTERVENTIONS: Early switch to rituximab-bendamustine. OUTCOMES: This regimen was well tolerated, patient compliance was optimal, there were no delays in administration and no infectious episodes. An interim reevaluation after 3 courses revealed that the patient was fit, the blood cell count was normal, and lymphadenopathies and nocturnal sweating had completely regressed. Of note, the PET/CT scan did not show fluorodeoxyglucose pathological uptake, clearly confirming disease regression. LESSONS: Early switching to a bendamustine-rituximab-based scheme, even during conventional chemotherapy, decreases toxicity and reduces the risk of treatment interruption or delay, with favorable effects on overall response and prognosis.

Can early switch to rituximab-bendamustine in a patient with follicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma progressing during R-CHOP be considered frontline treatment?: A case report

Musuraca G.;Lucchesi A.;Pane F.;Martinelli G.
2020

Abstract

RATIONALE: Follicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma (fNHL) is a neoplasm characterized by an indolent course and chemosensitivity, but also by disease recurrence. Bendamustine is often used as frontline treatment or second line. HEADING DIAGNOSIS:: fNHL. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 63-year-old Caucasian male with diagnosis of fNHL lymphoma underwent to cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone associated with rituximab chemoimmunotherapy, during which interim reevaluation showed progressive disease and severe toxicity. INTERVENTIONS: Early switch to rituximab-bendamustine. OUTCOMES: This regimen was well tolerated, patient compliance was optimal, there were no delays in administration and no infectious episodes. An interim reevaluation after 3 courses revealed that the patient was fit, the blood cell count was normal, and lymphadenopathies and nocturnal sweating had completely regressed. Of note, the PET/CT scan did not show fluorodeoxyglucose pathological uptake, clearly confirming disease regression. LESSONS: Early switching to a bendamustine-rituximab-based scheme, even during conventional chemotherapy, decreases toxicity and reduces the risk of treatment interruption or delay, with favorable effects on overall response and prognosis.
Cerchione C.; Nappi D.; Musuraca G.; Lucchesi A.; Cimmino I.; Pane F.; De Renzo A.; Martinelli G.
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